Yesterday afternoon Bekah, who is now 6 yrs old, was running and dancing around like usual as we were walking along the sidewalk near the bank. She started to lose her balance and put her hand out to catch herself and caught her finger in the chrome grill of a 4x4 pick-up. The result was about 3/4 of her right ring finger was sliced off from the first knuckle to the tip. I took one look and took her straight to ER, where the triage nurse took one look and took us back to a treatment room. We didn't even have time to do more than give our names at the front desk.
She was very brave in ER and only screamed when they gave her the numbing shots. Which is perfectly understandable since those shots hurt a lot! When the nurse offered her a stuffed animal for being so brave, she picked out a pink dolphin and then asked if she could take a toy for her little brother too, and when they said yes she picked out a cute little stuffed dog for him.
This morning we went to see a hand specialist over in Corvallis. After examining the injury he decided that there was so much open area with no skin to sew back together that it will need a skin graft. So the first of at least two surgeries is scheduled for 4pm Friday afternoon. Bekah is very freaked out about going under general anesthesia, and keeps asking "what if I don't wake up?". She will probably have her hand in cast to immobilize and protect it for a couple of weeks, and then will have at least one more surgery after that.
Prayers are greatly appreciated!